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ALAN TURNER: A conversation with Knight Kiplinger

I had an opportunity to visit with Knight Kiplinger recently while he was in town for a Regions Bank event, and our discussion ranged over a broad spectrum of economic and business issues. Kiplinger’s company, based in Washington, was originally founded in 1920, which makes it one of the oldest financial information publishing companies in […] [...]

Pence chooses Medicaid solution over TEA rhetoric

by Published: September 19,2014

Tags: Medicaid, Medicaid solution, Mike Pence, TEA Party Caucus

Most real Tea Partiers know of Mike Pence. The uncompromising champion of lower taxes, smaller government and earmark reform, Pence served six terms in Congress, including time as chairman of the hard-core conservative Republican Study Group. He was a member of the TEA Party Caucus, got a 95 percent grade from the Club for Growth […] [...]

JEFFREY GITOMER: Are you a social sales pacesetter? Or are you losing business to one?

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, Jeffrey Gitomer, Mississippi

Here are a few questions to get your social sales juices flowing: Why are big companies interested in big data? Why are formerly non-social companies suddenly scouring and analyzing social data? Why is “mobile” the new “social?” Why is “cloud” the new data room? Often referred to as pacesetters, companies that have chosen to embrace […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — As the NFL kicks-off, here are top branding mistakes that could delay the game

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, marketing, Mississippi, public relations

The NFL season has officially kicked-off, and hardly anything can sack the brand that has become the most successful sport across the land. However, the sport, like any entity, has its challenges, and it will be interesting to see how the league navigates serious pitfalls as it seeks to add luster to its golden image. […] [...]

Following footprints — Josh Gilreath succeeds Buckner as state director of FCA

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, Martin Willoughby, Mississippi, NEWS

Great achievements in life are never solo endeavors. Sometimes we forget that. We can be like the turtle on the fencepost. As the story goes, “If you’re walking along a fence and spot a turtle sitting atop a fencepost, you know it didn’t get there by itself.” True leaders have the humility to recognize the […] [...]

ALAN TURNER: The good and bad news from the economic front

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, column, MBJ, Mississippi

A t a dinner hosted by Regions Bank on Sept. 3 at the Jackson Country Club, Regions Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Richard Moody was joined by Senior Vice President for Public Policy Chris Scribner to present some of their prognostications for both the state and national economic scene, and the political picture as […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: Change — you must embrace it and learn to manage it

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, education, Mississippi, Phil Hardwick

Before reading this column, complete the following sentence with the very first thing that comes to your mind: I never dreamed I’d see the day that … Over the past 20 years or more I have opened many a presentation with that little exercise. It is fascinating to see how the responses have changed. When […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Pence chooses Medicaid solution over rhetoric

by Published: September 15,2014

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics, republicans, Tea Party

Most real TEA Partiers know of Mike Pence.   The uncompromising champion of lower taxes, smaller government, and earmark reform, Pence served six terms in Congress, including time as chairman of the hard-core conservative Republican Study Group. He was a member of the TEA Party Caucus, got a 95% grade from the Club for Growth […] [...]

BILL CRAWFORD: Kudzu-like government thwarts cutbacks

by Published: September 8,2014

Tags: Business, government, Mississippi

It’s budget time again for the Mississippi Legislature. More money is needed to fund schools, community colleges, universities, highways, Medicaid, Corrections, public safety, mental health, and so on. Oh, and a tax cut too. Revenue growth can cover part, but not all. So, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee will, once again, painstakingly pick winners and […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Gov. Bryant offers tough love for the orphan

Governor Phil Bryant met last week with Mississippi’s Catholic, Episcopal and Methodist leaders to discuss the plight of “legal” refugee children seeking help and homes in our state. These seemingly well-meaning religious leaders urged Bryant not to block the resettling of immigrant children to potential homes in Mississippi. Bryant said “no,” but made an even […] [...]

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